For those who were retro gamers who grew up during the 8-bit era of gaming back in the 80’s you probably remember many classic games that appeared on the NES back in the day. As far as the action-platformer genre of gaming is concerned there are many people who consider the Ducktales game developed and published by Capcom an underrated classic following its release back in 1989. Along with impressive level designs Ducktales had a cool soundtrack and even spawned a direct sequel which also appear on the SNES console in 1993. What is strange about the Ducktales game along with its sequel was the fact that neither one of those titles were ever ported the SNES.
While the NES console was starting to become obsolete in the early 90’s Ducktales 2 could have definitely shined more on the SNES. But since Ducktales 2 was less popular than the original NES title it could have ended up being a flop seeing how many big SNES games were out by ’93 including F-Zero, Mega Man X and others. As far as the Ducktales title from ’89 is concerned if Capcom has waited maybe another year and released it for the SNES the game could have ended being a decent attraction on the 16-bit console as a third party game.
There have been countless games I n the Super Mario series that are considered to be legendary including the trilogy that appeared on the NES in the mid to late 80’s. However, as far as one of the best Mario games of all-time is concerned there is no question that Super Mario World would have to be in the top five of many people’s list. Since its release for the Super NES back in 1990 Super Mario World has managed to sell over 20 million units worldwide and is considered to be the best 2D platformer of the 16 bit era by many people.
Despite, Super Mario 64 having more superior graphics following its ’96 release the game was not as successful as Super Mario World and lacked a multiplayer mode and other features that made the 2D Mario titles exciting. Not to take anything away from Super Mario 64 but the game only sold 11 million copies worldwide which is still incredible but it was not quite as popular as Super Mario World which is still played by many people to this day.
As many people know Square Enix has given us countless RPG titles that were memorable on various game consoles for over the past three decades. For those who own a the Game Boy Advance back in the early 00’s and was a fan of the Final Fantasy series Dawn of Souls was a game worth having especially since it was a remake of the first and second NES title that came out back in the late 80’s. The 2D visuals for Dawn of Souls was pretty cool and looked like something that could have turned heads back in the early 90’s on the SNES.
Some would argue that there absolutely no doubt that Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls could have been a huge success on the SNES during the early 90’s. However, Dawn of Souls was a game that stood out more for the Game Boy Advance in the early 00’s because it was a remake of a classic from the 80’s which added to the game’s overall appeal. While having Dawn of Souls on the SNES would have been nice there was always the possibility that could have been overshadowed by various other RPG’s such as Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Illusion of Gaia and many others between 1990-1995. Seeing how Game Boy Advance sold more in the 00’s than the SNES did in the 90’s releasing Dawn of Souls in the early 00’s was definitely a better choice overall.
When we think about popular Dragonball Z games between the mid 90’s and the early 00’s two of the most popular titles that fans instantly think about are DBZ: Hyper Dimension along with DBZ: Supersonic Warriors. As cool as Hyper Dimension was for the SNES it was a game that did not achieve the recognition and level of success that it deserved due to the fact that the 16-bit console was starting to decline in popularity during 1996. If DBZ Hyper Dimension was released back in the early 00’s it would have most likely ended up on the Game Boy Advance like DBZ: Supersonic Warriors did in 2004.
In terms of gameplay some argue that Supersonic Warriors was more superior especially in relation to aerial combat. Also, the storylines included in Supersonic Warriors added to the overall replay value of the game itself since each character had “what if” stories which was something that we did not see in Hyper Dimension back in 1996. While DBZ: Hyper Dimension is considered to be a hidden fighting gem for the SNES many would most likely argue that Supersonic Warriors overall was a better game.
As many know Super Mario RPG along with Paper Mario are among two of the best Mario based role playing games that Nintendo has ever made. Super Mario RPG was praised for its 3D like visuals along with its storyline which diverted from Bowser being the main antagonist. Instead, we get a new villain named Smithy that players had to stop using playable characters Mario, Bowser, Princess Toadstool, Mallow and Geno. As good as Super Mario RPG was for the Super NES many people would argue that the game should have been saved for the Nintendo 64 especially since the console was released in 1996 as well.
Ever since Super Mario RPG was released for its graphics Super NES back in 1996 many people wanted to see a direct sequel to the game. But unfortunately, between the mid 90’s and most of the 00’s Nintendo and Square Enix were not on good terms with each other. Its was a real shame that we never got to see a spiritual successor to Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars especially since it managed to sell over 1.4 million copies worldwide and was praised by fans and critics alike.
Despite, the fallout that Nintendo and Square Enix has back in the mid 90’s we were still fortunate enough to get another Mario role-playing game for the Nintendo 64. Paper Mario was initially released for the N64 in Japan before appearing in countries like America and Europe during 2001. Paper Mario was developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo and was also a game that was well received by various gaming publications along with fans of the Mario series in general.
Ever since, Paper Mario was released the game has managed to sell over 1.3 million copies worldwide on the Nintendo 64 and is a game that remains a classic to this day. While both Super Mario RPG along with Paper Mario became successful following their respective releases there are some would be more inclined to give the 16 bit SNES Mario game edge over the classic that we got in the early 00’s. While Paper Mario was cool Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars was simply the best role playing game to have ever emerged from the Mario series period.
When it comes down to classic platform titles for the SNES one of the many titles that instantly comes to mind is Super Castlevania IV which was released by Konami back in 1991. Ever since its release Super Castlevania IV has been praised fir various in game features such as level design along with its inclusion of Modd 7 on certain levels within the game. As popular as Super Castlevania IV was for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System there are some who question whether or not this game could have achieved the same level of success in the Sega Genesis
If Super Castlevania IV was ported or released exclusively for the Sega Genesis during the early 90’s it’s questionable on whether or not it would have been as good the SNES version of the game. The Sega Genesis did not have the Mode 7 feature that the SNES had which was a huge part of the appeal that a Super Castlevania IV had. But the again a Genesis port of Super Castlevania IV would most likely resemble that of Castlevania: Bloodlines which came out in 1994. In the long run it was best that Super Castlevania IV was an SNES exclusive since was another factor that contributed to the game selling over 500,000 copies worldwide during the early 90’s.
There were countless titles on the SNES that were considered to be classic land especially within the RPG genre of gaming. When we think about 2D RPG Classics from the 90’s games such as Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy IV-VI and many others comes to mind. However, there are also titles such as the Secret of Evermore which was also developed by Square Enix that were critically acclaimed for its gameplay and visuals on the SNES during the mid 90’s. Despite, how enjoyable the Secret of Evermore was on the SNES there are some who question whether or not this game could have possibly stood out more on the PS1.
After all, the PS1 did start to take of in popularity during the mid 90’s and the SNES was starting to get old to some people during that time period. However, when it came down to the PS1 3D visuals and gameplay were things that people were mainly interested in during the mid 90’s. For those who were still huge fans of 2D JRPG’s between 1995-1996 the SNES consoles is where those types of games shined. But since its seems like Square Enix had developed a seemingly endless list of JRPG’s for the SNES then its very likely that the Secret of Evermore did not become quite as popular as some of the other titles that the company had developed.